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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Kumar Murshid, former LDA member, wins clarification and costs from Evening Standard

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Evening Standard has agreed to clarify claims made about Kumar Murshid in an article by Andrew Gilligan published in 2007 during its coverage of the LDA grants scandal.

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Settlement reached for Bindmans client Tim Nicholson in climate change discrimination case

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Senior Executive and Environmentalist Tim Nicholson claimed he was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against by his employer Grainger Plc because of his ‘philosophical belief about climate change and the environment’.

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Doubts linger over wisdom of Welsh badger cull despite rejection of judicial review

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

This morning, the High Court, sitting in Cardiff, handed down judgment in the Badger Trust’s judicial review challenge to the Welsh Assembly Ministers’ decision to press ahead with a mass badger cull in May 2010.

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Young children’s views determine High Court’s decision

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

A father in Hague Convention abduction proceedings was not given permission to appeal Mrs Justice Black’s finding that an 8 year old and a 6 year old had reached such an age and level of maturity at which it was appropriate to take account of their views.

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Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Specialist Siobhan Kelly is Promoted to Partner

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

London Law firm Bindmans LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Associate Siobhan Kelly to Partner on 1st April 2010, bringing the firm to a total of 15 Partners.

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Niederer Kraft & Frey wins the 2010 ILO Client Choice Award for Switzerland

May 2010. Press Releases by Niederer Kraft & Frey (view listing).

Established in 2005, the ILO Client Choice Awards recognize those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for the awards focus on an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market. This year's winners were chosen from more than 2,000 individual assessments received from corporate counsel worldwide.

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Petroplus Holdings Ltd places new shares in the amount of approximately CHF 151 million

May 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

On 5 May 2010, Petroplus Holdings Ltd successfully placed 8,650,000 new shares in the amount of approximately CHF 151 million. The shares had been underwritten by a syndicate of banks, comprising Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse (as Joint Global Co-ordinators and Joint Bookrunners) as well as BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, ING, Nomura International, Société Générale and UBS Investment Bank (Co-Bookrunners).

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Orior AG successfully completes Initial Public Offering

May 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

In Switzerland's first initial public offering (IPO) since May 2008, Orior AG ("Orior" or the "Company") was listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange on 22 April 2010 and on 5 May 2010 the Company was informed that the Over-Allotment Option has been exercised in full. The Company is a broadly anchored Swiss fresh food company and leader in meat processing and the distribution of convenience foods, including vegetarian delicacies.

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Cytos Biotechnology Ltd sells platform technology for the identification of monoclonal antibodies

May 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Cytos Biotechnology Ltd, a public Swiss biotechnology company specializing in the discovery, development and commercialization of Immunodrugs, announced the sale of its platform technology for the identification of monoclonal antibodies to Intercell AG. The technology is based on expression cloning of monoclonal antibodies from human B-cells and enables the identification of anti-infective antibodies to prevent and treat infectious diseases.

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Herkules Private Equity Fund III acquires Odlo Sports Group AG

May 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Herkules Private Equity Fund III has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Odlo Sports Group AG. Closing of the transaction is expected to take place in June 2010. Odlo was founded in 1946 and is a Swiss based designer, manufacturer and distributor of functional sports clothing. Herkules consists of three funds, with a total capital base of CHF 2,3 billion in committed capital from Norwegian and international investors.

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The Legal 500 EMEA 2010 launched

May 2010. Press Releases by Yukov, Khrenov & Partners (view listing).

The Legal 500 has udpdated its ratings for 2010. As always the Law Office can be found in the "Dispute Resolution" section.

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INTEGRITES REPRESENTATIVE ELECTED A BOARD MEMBER OF THE SWEDISH-UKRAINIAN BUSINESS CLUB

May 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

19 February 2010. Kyiv. Ekateryna Kardash, Head of the International Department at Integrites was elected a Board Member of the Swedish-Ukrainian Business Club (SUBC).

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INTEGRITES IS A LEGAL ADVISOR TO ROSTSELMASH

May 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

26 January 2010. Kyiv. Integrites international law firm advised Rostselmash, the world’s leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery (the Russian Federation) on matters related to investment activities in the agrarian sector.

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MYKHAILO PARAPAN IS A NEW PARTNER AT INTEGRITES

May 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

April 2010. Kyiv. Mykhailo Parapan, an acknowledged legal expert in Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investments, Telecommunications and Real Estate has joined Integrites International law firm as a partner.

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SERGEY DVORNIKOV – HEAD OF INTEGRITES’ REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN LONDON, UK

May 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

January 20, 2010. London. Sergey Dvornikov was appointed head of Integrites international law firm representative office in London (the UK). His major priorities include coordination of the office activities, acquiring and cooperating with new clients, participation in supporting transactions in the UK, as well as in the Central and Western European countries.

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INTEGRITES BECOMES THE LEGAL ADVISOR OF ENERGIZER IN UKRAINE

May 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

January 12, 2010. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm completed a project within a complex framework of legal support related to Energizer’s activity in Ukraine.

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INTEGRITES BECAME A GENERAL PARTNER OF THE UKRAINIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (UBA)

May 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

29 December 2009. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm became a General Partner of the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA), an All-Ukrainian non-governmental professional organization.

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NEW BARRISTER FOR CARTWRIGHT KING

May 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands’s niche criminal and business defence specialist Cartwright King has made another addition to its growing team. 

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Avellum Partners advises MHP S.A. on its USD 330 million offering of 10.25% Senior Notes due 2015

May 2010. Press Releases by Avellum Partners (view listing).

Kyiv, 6 May 2010 – Avellum Partners acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to MHP S.A. and its Ukrainian operating companies (“MHP”) on USD330 million offering of 10.25% Senior Notes due 2015 and listing of the Notes on the London Stock Exchange.

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Stamford Law wins IFLR M&A Deal of the Year and Singapore law firm of the year 2010 Awards

May 2010. Press Releases by Stamford Law Corporation (view listing).

Stamford Law Corporation had a double win at the recent IFLR Asia Awards held last Thursday in Hong Kong.  The firm received awards for the IFLR M&A Deals of the Year as well as the IFLR National Law Firm of the Year 2010.

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Carey Olsen launches a brand new guide to living in Guernsey

May 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Carey Olsen has launched an in-depth guide to living and working in Guernsey for private individuals and businesses considering a move to the island.

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Boult Wade Tennant announces partnership appointments

May 2010. Press Releases by Boult Wade Tennant (view listing).

Michelle Pratt is a member of the firm’s Chemical and Materials group. She is qualified as both a Chartered and European Patent Attorney and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as well as a council member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). Michelle is based in the firm’s London office.

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Guantao has a growing number of awards nominations in 2010

May 2010. Press Releases by Guantao Law Firm (view listing).

Guantao Law Firm has been nominated by the China ALB Law Awards 2010 as a finalist in the ENERGY & RESOURCES DEAL OF THE YEAR for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation Acquisition of Oil Industry Assets. This has been the second time for Guantao to be nominated in this practice area since Guantao won the “ENERGY & RESOURCES DEAL OF THE YEAR” award for at the China ALB Law Awards 2008. In this year’s Awards, Guantao has also been nominated for the first time as a finalist in the REAL ESTATE DEAL OF THE YEAR for Tianjin Global Financial Center Project. Guantao’s consecutive nomination as a finalist also includes China Law Firm of the Year, Managing Partner of the Year (Mr. Cui Liguo) and Beijing Law Firm of the Year.

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Deloitte acquires Exsigno

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 30, 2010, Deloitte Consulting AG completed its acquisition of Exsigno, a Swiss-based consulting business, creating one of the largest management con-sulting businesses in Switzerland.

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Hengeler Mueller advises HeidelbergCement on liquidity facility

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller has advised HeidelbergCement AG on the conclusion of a self-arranged liquidity facility in the amount of EUR 3 billion.

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Hengeler Mueller advises CMP Fonds I on Nordex exit

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The Berlin-based CMP Fonds I GmbH has sold its remaining 10% shareholding in Nordex SE by way of a block trade.

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Carey Olsen advises on high profile partial management buyout

April 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Lawyers from Carey Olsen were at the centre of the high profile partial management buyout (MBO) at Guernsey’s largest independent fiduciary services business recently.

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Carey Olsen lawyer named the Best of the Best for 2010

April 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Carey Olsen partner, Russell Clark, has been named as one of the world’s top 25 pre-eminent trusts and estates legal practitioners as part of The Best of the Best Expert Guide for 2010.

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MAQS Law Firm wins the ILO Client Choice Award 2010 for Denmark.

April 2010. Press Releases by MAQS Law Firm (view listing).

MAQS Law Firm receives prize as the best law firm in Denmark.

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THE MANAGING PARTNER OF INTEGRITES MEETS THE VICE-PRIME MINISTER SERGEY TIGIPKO

April 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

April 16th, 2010, Kyiv. The Managing Partner of INTEGRITES International law company, Vyacheslav Korchev, participated in a meeting with the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Sergey Tigipko, discussing the possibilities of making “Amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine”.

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LEXENCE STRENGTHENS TEAM WITH ADDITION OF NOTARY CORRINE HOLDINGA

April 2010. Press Releases by Lexence (view listing).

Amsterdam, April 2010 - Corrine Holdinga joins Lexence as a partner on 1 April and will head the firm's Corporate Notarial team. She previously worked as a notary/partner at AKD and Stibbe and worked for De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

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O’Neal Webster Makes Key Corporate and Banking Appointment

April 2010. Press Releases by O'Neal Webster - Barristers & Solicitors (view listing).

O'Neal Webster is delighted to announce that Christopher Simpson has joined our team as Counsel, Corporate Finance. Prior to joining O'Neal Webster, Christopher practised at Harney Westwood & Riegels for several years in both their BVI and Hong Kong offices.

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Transocean Ltd. Lists its Shares on SIX Swiss Exchange

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

Transocean Ltd., the world's largest offshore drilling contractor, which redomesti-cated from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland in 2008, listed its shares on SIX Swiss Exchange on April 20, 2010 under the symbol RIGN. Transocean's shares also trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RIG.

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Christian Schmid, Mirco Ceregato and Markus Pfirter advise the publisher Birkhäuser Verlag AG Basel

April 2010. Press Releases by Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob (view listing).

Christian Schmid, Mirco Ceregato and Markus Pfirter advise the publisher, Birkhäuser Verlag AG Basel, which is part of the academic publishers, Springer, with regard to the sale of its architectural and design division.

 

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We welcome Angela Hensch, Urs Wickihalder and Mirco Ceregato, the new partners in our law firm

April 2010. Press Releases by Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob (view listing).

Angela Hensch, lic. iur., Attorney-at-Law, Certified specialist SBA Employment Law, advises and litigates in the fields of labour law, tenancy law, family law and inheritance law. She was admitted to the Bar in St.Gallen in 2000. She has been a lecturer in labour law and tenancy law for a number of years.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Magnesita on refinancing through high yield bond

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Rearden G Holdings Eins GmbH, a subsidiary of Magnesita Refratários S.A. (Brazil), has issued a high yield bon in the amount of USD 400 million. The issue proceeds from the high yield bond will be used primarly to redeem bank liabilities under a secured senior export facility from November 2009. The high yield bond is secured by guarantees of Magnesita Refratários S.A. as well as subsidiaries of Magnesita Group.

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BECAME A LEGAL ADVISOR ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION FOR DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

April 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

23 March 2010. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm became a legal advisor on intellectual property rights protection for DreamWorks Animation (USA), one of the world leaders in the film industry.

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INTEGRITES ACTS AS ATTORNEY OF BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL ON THE CIS MARKET

April 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

22 March 2010. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm acts as attorney in a dispute settlement for BLOOMBERG Professional, one of the world leaders in the field of information supply to key-players of the financial markets.

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INTEGRITES BECAME A LEGAL COUNSEL TO AIS GROUP OF COMPANIES

April 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

15 March 2010. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm became the legal counsel to the AIS Group of companies, one of the leaders of the automotive market in Ukraine, on issues related to trade finance deal at the amount of Euro 35 mln.

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CARTWRIGHT KING WELCOMES NEW RECRUITS

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands criminal and business defence specialists Cartwright King, who are top ranked in the region by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, have appointed three new members of staff.

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CARTWRIGHT KING GROWTH CONTINUES

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands niche criminal and business defence specialist Cartwright King is merging with Jerman Hollingsworth, a long established law firm based in Leicester.

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NEW POWERS FOR BREACHES OF DATA PROTECTION

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has gained new powers designed to reduce personal data security breaches. As of 6 April, the ICO will be able to order organisations to pay up to £500,000 as a penalty for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act.

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CARTWRIGHT KING HAS YOUNG SOLICITOR OF THE YEAR

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands law firm Cartwright King are celebrating after one of their lawyers won the Young Solicitor of the Year award at this year’s Nottingham Law Society annual dinner.

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CARTWRIGHT KING EXPAND TEAM

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands niche criminal and business defence specialist Cartwright King has made another addition to its Nottingham office.

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NEWLY QUALIFIED SOLICITOR FOR CARTWRIGHT KING

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands niche criminal and business defence specialist Cartwright King now has another qualified solicitor within the firm.

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IMS Health

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On February 26, 2010, IMS Health, the world’s leading provider of market intelli-gence to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, announced completion of its acquisition by entities created by certain affiliates of TPG Capital, L.P. and the CPP Investment Board.

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SCWP boosts its team

April 2010. Press Releases by Saxinger Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwäl (view listing).

Heidi is a highly recognized and established lawyer in Graz. Her main focus is in property law, common contract law, warranties and divorces

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Carey Olsen advises MeesPierson on its debut Guernsey Fund

April 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Lawyers from Guernsey law firm Carey Olsen have advised MeesPierson Asset Management (CI) Limited on the launch of The Diversified Opportunities Fund, the first fund to be launched by the offshore arm of the asset management company.

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Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen Refines its Visual Identity with Grapefruit Support

April 2010. Press Releases by Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (view listing).

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen Finalizes the Strategic Repositioning of its Brand and Refines its Visual Identity with Grapefruit Support.

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OC Oerlikon Corporation: Financial Restructuring

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 1, 2010, OC Oerlikon Corporation announced that it has reached agreement with its Bank Lenders and main shareholder Renova regarding a comprehensive financial restructuring of the company. The company expects to implement the agreed restructuring, which includes a CHF 1 bn rights offering, in the first half of 2010.

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  • Anti-Money Laundering Update - Cyprus

    First uploaded on the International Bar Association's Anti-Money Laundering website.
  • Austria: Extension of the threshold regulation until the year 2016

    The "threshold regulation" adjusting (raising) the sub-thresholds of the Austrian Procurement Act ("BVergG") will be extended once again, namely for two more years. This plan was disclosed in the press briefing issued in conjunction with the retreat held by the members of Austria's federal government on September 27th and 28th this year. Thus, contracting authorities will continue to be able to benefit from substantial procedural simplifications when awarding contracts below the threshold in 2015 and 2016 as well. read more...
  • Serbia: Insolvency Act Amendments adopted

    As of 13 August 2014, the amendments and supplements to the Insolvency Act [Zakon o stečaju] are in force, published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 83/2014 ("New IA"). The New IA shall not be implemented retroactively, and those insolvency proceedings that were ongoing on the day the New IA entered into force will be continued under the previously valid rules. read more...
  • Hungary: New advertising tax feels like a bucket

    Hungary's new advertising tax, which has been introduced effective as of 15 August 2014, affects not only media companies, online and offline content providers and advertising agencies (media companies), but may also affect regular manufacturing and trading companies active in various industry segments (commercial companies). read more...
  • Voluntary ex ante transparency notice does not provide a clean bill of health...

    The ECJ has ruled that the so-called "voluntary  ex ante  transparency notice" under certain circumstances does not preclude review authorities from declaring a contract ineffective if it was awarded without prior publication of a contract notice. Moreover, the ECJ ruled that review authorities must declare a contract ineffective if the contracting authority could not legitimately hold that that the conditions for directly awarding the contract were in fact satisfied (ECJ 11.09.2014, Case C-19/13 Fastweb SpA ). read more...
  • Austria / EU: Latest EU Sanctions against Russia

    After introducing the "sectoral sanctions" against Russia on 1 August 2014 (see our  Legal Insight of 1 August 2014 ), the sanctions regime has been tightened further on September 12 as set out in EC Regulation No 960/2014. read more...
  • Austria: Judgment sheds light on joint ventures under the country’s merger control*

    Austrian merger control continues to capture non-full-function joint ventures. Joint ventures covered by merger control are sheltered against parallel assessment under the Austrian rules against anticompetitive agreements (no dual control). read more...
  • Czech Republic: Mergers, or thick red lines?

    In its decision no. 29 Cdo 3068/2013 dated 19 June 2014, the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic ("SCCR") once again ruled on the issue of the irreversibility of the legal effects of registration of transformation in the Czech Commercial Register. read more...
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  • Financial Services & Regulatory Autumn Update 2014

    In this Update, we look at some valuable lessons learned for all financial services businesses from recent JFSC examinations and investigations, as well as amendments to the Companies (Jersey) Law.    Read more...